“Krishna and Balarama Taking the Cattle to Graze” from a Bhagavata Purana Manuscript (1520-1540), Museum Rietberg, Zurich

The Past Teaching the Present: Ancient Sanskrit Texts Discuss the Importance of Environmental and Species Conservation

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Bhutanese painting of the Jataka Tales, showing reincarnation. Phajoding Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan

Bhutanese painting of the Jataka Tales, showing reincarnation. Phajoding Gonpa, Thimphu, Bhutan (Wikimedia Commons )

Using Ancient Teachings in Today’s World

These are some of the messages passed down from the ancient Indians regarding environmental and species conservation. Their message is one that human beings today ought to pay attention to. By viewing the natural world as an inseparable part of human existence, we may learn to treat it with more respect and reverence, and therefore begin to better protect it, rather than exploiting it to satisfy humanity’s seemingly insatiable desires.    

Featured image: “Krishna and Balarama Taking the Cattle to Graze” from a Bhagavata Purana Manuscript (1520-1540), Museum Rietberg, Zurich ( Wikimedia Commons )

By: Ḏḥwty

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